The long-running film critic show, “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper”, has come to an end. Roger Ebert has announced his departure, an announcement that comes only shortly after Richard Roeper’s own statement that he won’t be involved in the show.
Roger Ebert made the announcement on his website today, stating in part,
“After 33 years on the air, 23 of them with Disney, the studio has decided to take the program named ‘Siskel & Ebert’ and then ‘Ebert & Roeper’ in a new direction. I will no longer be associated with it. The show was a wonderful experience…. We made television history, and established the trademarked catch-phrase ‘Two thumbs up.’ The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene’s widow, and the thumbs will return. We are discussing possibilities, and plan to continue the show’s tradition.”
The statement from Ebert, and an earlier statement from Roeper, come after news of changes to the show’s format began circulating.
The exit of both big name critics has led some to wonder about the relevance of professional critics in this day and age. With all those bloggers out there and other amateurs, it’s getting harder to keep professionals on the payroll. I think I agree – was anyone watching “At the Movies” anymore?
See more photos of Ebert and Roeper and a video of the film critics below.
Photo Source: Talking Moviezzz, DVD In My Pants, Death by Pop, TV Plex, Rotten Tomatoes
Ebert and Roeper Video